Summary

  • Brooks' Hertha host Wood's HSV on Saturday of Matchday 6 (15:30CEST).
  • Players first met in the US youth ranks.
  • "We'll be flying out together on international duty after the game."

Followers of the USMNT have a star-spangled subplot to look forward to on Saturday as a Hertha Berlin side built on the firm foundation that is John Anthony Brooks entertain a Hamburger SV ensemble spearheaded by Hawaii's finest marksman, Bobby Wood.

Here are the best bits from their engaging double interview, courtesy of club websites www.herthabsc.de and www.hsv.de...

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Brooks on what hometown club Hertha mean to him…

"Berlin's my home, my entire family live here. It was always a dream of mine to play here. That's why it gives me such pleasure to pull on a Hertha shirt."

Wood on why he left 1. FC Union Berlin for HSV…

"I had a good feeling from the start that this is the right step and the right club for me. Everyone knows how difficult HSV have had it in recent years and we haven't exactly made a great start to the new season, but the club has enormous potential. I want to do by bit on this journey and I'll be delighted if I can make progress as a player at the same time."

Brooks (r.) is in contention again after missing Hertha's last three matches with a groin injury.

Brooks on Hamburg's current situation

"You shouldn't put too much on their position in the table. Games against Hamburg are always intense and challenging. They've got a new coach, so that makes them even more difficult to read because we don't exactly know what to expect. But I think if we play our game and the preparation's good then we can definitely take something from it."

Wood on HSV's start to the season (W1, L4)….

"The little details make the difference in football sometimes. We had chances to win every game. Overall, we need to be creating more goal-scoring chances. We need to build on the positives and work on our self-belief."

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Brooks' first impressions of Wood…

"I already knew Bobby before he played for 1860 Munich. We played together at youth level for the USA. We met for breakfast a few times when he played in Berlin, but obviously he had to train a lot and we had to train even more (laughs). So we didn't see each other much. We haven't been in touch before the game because we're focussing on ourselves, but we'll chat afterwards and then we've got international games together."

Wood's first impressions on Brooks…

"We played together a couple of times for the USA youth teams. We've become really good friends in the last year or so. We've met up a couple of times. We haven't always had much time, so we spent more time together on international duty. With DeAndre Yedlin, we called ourselves the three musketeers. We spent all our time together: eating, out on the town, chilling. We'll be flying out on international duty together after the game. It's important that we play well and get something from the game, otherwise it'll be a long flight (laughs)."

Wood has scored two goals in five Bundesliga matches since moving to HSV from Union Berlin in the summer.

Brooks on Wood the person…

"Bobby's a modest guy, he's quiet, likable and a good mate."

Wood on Brooks the person…

"Jay's a good guy, we're wired the same way. That's why we get on."

Brooks on Wood the player…

"I really rate him. I definitely prefer to play with him rather than against him. His strengths are his power and pace. He just knows where the goal is - that's what makes him so dangerous."

Wood on Brooks the player…

"For a centre-back, he has amazing technique. His passing game is superb, and he also has a good positional game. I think he's a really strong centre back. It's always difficult against him in training for the national team."

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